Sunday, January 24, 2016

Pucked Over (Pucked #3) by Helena Hunting: Review


Lily LeBlanc isn’t versed in the art of casual sex, but after seven years in an on-again, off-again relationship, she’s definitely willing to give it a shot. And who better to try it with than her best friend’s boyfriend’s best friend? What could possibly go wrong? Nothing at all.

NHL player, Randy Ballistic, lives up to his last name on the ice and in the bedroom. His best friend and teammate has recently given up the puck bunnies and traded them in for a real girlfriend. And she just happens to have a seriously feisty, extra-hot best friend on the rebound. Randy’s more than happy to be Lily’s spring board back into the dating scene.

Casual sex is only casual until those pesky things called emotions get involved. Once that happens, someone’s bound to gets pucked over.

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About the Author:

Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s putting her degree in English Lit to good use by writing contemporary erotic romance. She is the author of Clipped Wings, her debut novel, and Inked Armor.

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Review by Yvette:

I went into Pucked Over wanting to love it. I really did. After being disappointed with Pucked Up, I decided to give the series another chance in the hopes that it would recapture that same funny-but-full-of-heart feeling that made Pucked so engaging. I enjoyed parts of Lily and Randy’s story yet, as a whole, I thought it lacked a certain depth that prohibited me from connecting with the characters emotionally. Although I was left wanting more, ultimately, I enjoyed this book for what it was: a humorously raunchy sports romance with colorfully-worded sentences guaranteed to make you wonder what the *bleep* you just read.

I think I would've enjoyed this book more had I not just read a book with a similar trope. I didn't have as much patience for the "just a hookup" relationship between Randy and Lily, which dragged on a bit too long for my taste. Normally, I don’t have many issues with the friends-with-benefits-type of romance, but I found that Pucked Over devoted too much time to Lily and Randy’s sexual relationship. I never thought I’d say that a book had too much sex but there comes a point when the sheer volume is gratuitous and no longer advances the narrative. I wanted more romance…I wanted wooing…I wanted swoon-worthy exchanges of affection. Instead, I got detailed descriptions of Lily's sexual preparations and Randy's repeated insistence that his relationship with Lily was strictly physical. The process became repetitive and I found myself craving conversation so I could delve deeper into the minds of these characters.

While reading Pucked Over, I wavered between enjoying the story and being frustrated with the lack of character building. Romantic comedies are my favorite books to read because I love to laugh, but I also want to feel for the characters. Unfortunately, with Pucked Over, it seemed we only scratched the surface of Randy and Lily. I loved the last 20% of the book, which is when the narrative started to develop the emotional connection between Randy and Lily. By then the story was wrapping up and it felt like the book ended just when it was hitting its stride. Overall, I thought the book was lighthearted and entertaining, but I wanted more emotions interspersed with the laughter and the sex (which was admittedly steamy, but still…).

*complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 3 Stars

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